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Book Review #4: Witch & Wizard by James Patterson (and Gabrielle Charbonnet)

You are holding an urgent and vital narrative that reveals the forbidden truth about these perilous times…”

“This is the atonishing testimonial of Wisty and Whit Allgood, a sister and brother who were torn from their family in the middle of the night, slammed into prison, and accused of being a witch and wizard. They are not alone in their terrifying predicament. Thousands of young people have been kidnapped. Some of have been accused; many others remain missing. Their fate is unknown, and the worst is feared-for the ruling regime will stop at nothing to suppress life and liberty, music and books, art and magic…and the pursuit of being a normal teenager. Most copies of this story have already been seized, shredded, or burned. Read this rare, surviving edition and pass it along with care-before it’s too late.”

This book’s description sure speaks for the novel itself. I really enjoyed this one, its short, fast paced chapters get straight to the point and it is suspense filled throughout. This novel was mixture between The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. I could also recognize the allusions made in the novel to current pop culture. You root for the kids, in this world over-controlled politics that shows a glimmer of reality beyond the craziness of witches and wizards.

This book is the first I have read of James Patterson, so I will definitely be checking out some of his other works, like Maximum Ride maybe?



Book Review #3: Hunted by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

“What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you?”

“At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey and her gang must discover a way to deal with an unexpected danger that might bring them all down. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, who looks gorgeous and has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading power, but what if it shows Zoey truths she can’t face? Meanwhile, the red fledglings have cleaned up well, but are they really as friendly as they seem? On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to fix things with her super-hot ex, Erik, but she can’t stop thinking about Stark, the archer who died in her arms, and she is driven to save him from Neferet’s sinister infulence. Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?”

This was by far the best book of the series. At first I was kind of not expecting the whole Kalona legend becoming the climax in the series, and him coming back kind of confirmed it to be the conflict. But I actually think this was a great and unique twist to the story. Also, I have yet to look up whether it was an actual Cherokee legend.

Personally I actually like Stark better at this point, even though I at first Zoey fixes things with Erik, but at a point when Heath and Erik butt heads, Erik is more possessive and controlling with Zoey.

Zoey goes through so much growth in this series, this book especially. She goes to fulfill her destiny as High Priestess in training, despite all the stress that is put on her she manages not to crumble under the pressure. She definitely fits the heroine status now.

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Book Review #1: Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Posted Originally on June 28th, 2011 on The Bottom Line, Blogger Blog

This is my first ever post, so this is quite crazy. I’ve decided to use this blog as update on my life, things that affect me, random things and most of all Book reviews.  I also will take suggestions! :D

(Warning this post may contain spoilers, lulz of course it does!)

I just finished this book today, Untamed by P.C. Cast + Kristen Cast. It is the fourth book in the series, The House of Night.

Untamed Book Cover

The series follows Zoey Redbird, a girl who was marked as a fledgling, which  means that in a few years she may turn into a vampyre. In this world, the people know about the existence of vampyres and most famous people (shows allusions to actual celebrities) are vampyres as well. But these are a different kind of vampyres than most are accustomed to. The fledglings have a crescent moon on their forehead. Adult vampire have more markings. The House of Night is a boarding school for fledglings in Tusla, Oklahoma. They are taught different subjects than a normal high school  and day is night for the fledglings. Zoey learns that she is special, having more marks than her peers and having an affinity for all five elements (Wind, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit).

In this novel, the High Priestess for the school, Neferet, declares war on the humans after the death of two teachers. Also, her best friends at the school have stopped trusting her after all of the things Zoey didn’t tell them. Zoey’s recent ex-boyfriend Erik also hates her, after she had an affair with one of the dead teachers, Loren Blake, who used her. She also has broken her Imprint with her human ex-boyfriend, Heath, who she hasn’t spoken to. And on top of all that, her best friend, Stevie Rae, died and was brought back to life as a different kind of fledgling who has lost their humanity and thirsts for blood, a red fledgling. Stevie Rae is finally has her humanity back to normal, but she is kept hidden from the school.

This novel compared to the first, had you reeled in from the beginning. It made you feel empathy for Zoey and you hoped her friends would come to their senses. The story is pretty action packed, with pauses for relief at all the right times. The ending really made me want to crack open the next book and start reading. This series is highly addictive and won’t disappoint. The growth in these characters are wonderful and the Aphrodite and Zoey relationship is comical.

Rating: Three and a half stars

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